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EDITOR'S NOTE: The end of the beginning

This week may see the last purchase of US bonds by the Fed and, so far at least, this grand fiscal experiment has been a qualified success, writes Tim Cohen

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DERBY'S COUNTY: Roots and shoots both here

Ron Derby asks: would cutting the ties between developed and emerging markets be such a good idea?

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT: Time for a tight defence

A lot hinges on Nene's plans to protect SA's economy in a world where conditions have become more hostile, writes Nazmeera Moola

Peter Bruce. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

BRUCE’S LIST: The Chancer’s Guide to Informed Conversation

Peter Bruce lists the crucial reads of the week October 27 2014

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ON MY MIND: No easy money around

Gone are the days when banks would finance a BEE deal on the basis that a company's share price would rise automatically, writes Zaheer Abdulla

Christo Wiese. Picture: HALDEN KROG

DIAMONDS & DOGS: Nu-World Holdings; Tradehold

Nu-World defies the odds by pumping up EPS by 106%, while Tradehold’s results generate as many WTF moments as a Lars von Trier movie

Marcel Golding. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

MARKET WATCH: Value diminished

How Remgro tunes out the noise at media group Sabido will be fascinating to watch, especially if e.tv loses its independent signal

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Once bitten, twice shy

When people don't get what they want, whether in politics or in food, they may go elsewhere to have their needs met, writes Justice Malala

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PATTERN RECOGNITION: Flying into trouble

The Internet is about the only improvement that has come to the travel industry, which still treats customers with contempt, writes Toby Shapshak

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BETWEEN THE CHAINS: Holding SA Post Office accountable

Before handing out yet more cash to this ailing enterprise, can the board show some return on taxpayer funds?

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INVESTOR’S NOTEBOOK: Evaluating fund managers

It is useful to see how managers have navigated through a crisis such as the recent market wobble, and potentially to quiz them on their outlying positions

Letters

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LETTER: Attractions of the CBD

The establishment and strengthening of nodes away from central business districts, particularly in Johannesburg and Pretoria, have brought about the exodus of tenants

Sangoma. Picture: THE HERALD

LETTER: Visions of the future

One can only hope that the sangoma who predicted the resignation of President Jacob Zuma knows her bones

Lebogang Maile. Picture: MOHAU MOFOKENG

LETTER: It starts in townships

Gauteng MEC for economic development should be commended for his intentions to help small businesses supply chains of retailers that have displaced general dealers and spaza shops

ANOTHER WEEK: October 30

A round-up of the week's main news events in Africa and further abroad

DID YOU HEAR? Crowbars in bars

Walk quietly but carry a big...crowbar?

EDITORIAL: The second African wind of change

Liberation parties have become somewhat victims of their own success, by creating a middle class that feels its further advancement is stifled by sclerotic governments that have been in power too long

EDITORIAL: The reason for our lack of delivery

The civil service seems to have got steadily worse, and now we have a compelling explanation beyond vague allegations of idleness, corruption and bad management

Multimedia

VIDEO: FM looks at FirstRand’s outperformance under Sizwe Nxasana

Phakamisa Ndzamela speaks about his cover story in the Financial Mail this week, featuring interviews with FirstRand chief executive Sizwe Nxasana, Laurie Dippenaar and Paul Harris

VIDEO: Cloud computing offers advantages for SMEs

The move to cloud can help small and medium sized enterprise to improve the security and privacy of their data, and Sage Accounting's managing director explains how

VIDEO: Luxury SA-made yachts may serve as a currency hedge

Quality and competitive pricing of South African marine products leads to healthy trade in used equipment where sail and motor-powered yachts are regarded as an investment for the wealthy and possibly a currency hedge